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School budget referendum passed at FTM

June 16, 2014

COVENTRY — After more than two hours of discussion, argument and frustration, a majority of Coventry voters overwhelmingly approved to go to an all-day referendum to either approve or deny a 4 percent tax increase in an effort to fully fund the town and the schools.
With an estimated 1,800 seats set up in the high school gym for the vote on the town’s annual fiscal 2014-2015 budget, 757 very anxious voters were in attendance. The town has 24,700.
As soon as the meeting began, confusion reigned as voters questioned the way moderator Arthur Capaldi ran the meeting and the number of amendments presented on the floor — an amendment to support the ROTC and an amendment for the school’s budget and whether it should be taken as a ballot vote or standing vote.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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